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Ship's bell   /ʃɪps bɛl/   Listen
Ship's bell

(nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m..  Synonym: bell.

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"Ship's bell" Quotes from Famous Books

... still hesitated, parleying with the sufferer until the ship's bell struck, when, with a triumphant, mocking laugh from the stranger, the vessel suddenly fell to pieces, amid the rushing of waters which at once involved the dying man, the ...
— Legends and Tales • Bret Harte

... preacher, who had joined the company that he might labor for the good of our souls; lay so nigh unto death in the cabin of the Susan Constant, that I listened during all the waking hours of the night, fearing to hear the tolling of the ship's bell, which would tell that he had ...
— Richard of Jamestown - A Story of the Virginia Colony • James Otis

... o'clock in the morning the ship's bell was rung as the signal for landing at the rock. When the landing was to be made before breakfast, it was customary to give each of the artificers and seamen a dram and a biscuit, and coffee was prepared by the steward for the cabins. Exactly at four o'clock the whole party landed from three ...
— Records of a Family of Engineers • Robert Louis Stevenson

... to my cabin, sir, and let me offer you a brandy-and-soda? No? Then, perhaps, you'll do me the honour to join me at breakfast—which must be ready at this moment," he added, as eight strokes sounded on the ship's bell forward. "Never mind the size of the trunks, sir; one of my men shall help ...
— Major Vigoureux • A. T. Quiller-Couch

Words linked to "Ship's bell" :   navigation, seafaring, unit of time, sailing, time unit

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